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Pastoralism concerns raising of lifestock in rangelands and is one of the most sustainable food systems on Earth. Additionally, it has great importance for local and regional communities, promoting cultural diversity, biodiversity and conservation. Pastoralism is also key to achieving food security for large populations.


Ministers gathered at the United Nations Environment Assembly in May 2016 passed Resolution 2/24 "Combating desertification, land degradation and drought and promoting sustainable pastoralism and rangelands", calling upon nations to raise global awareness on sustainable rangelands and pastoralism. Also, the Resolution requested UN Environment to explore the whether there are gaps in the:

  • Current provision of technical support
  • Environmental and socio-economic assessments of grasslands, rangelands, soil erosion, land degradation, land tenure security, and water security in drylands
  • Information to understand the implications for sustainable livelihoods


In cooperation with UN Environment – and in close dialogue with the Steering Committee for the International Year on Rangelands and Pastoralists – GRID-Arendal is coordinating the planning and implementation of the gap analysis of existing data and information on assessments of rangelands and pastoralism. The gap analysis will identify information and data gaps by comparing available and accessible information about rangelands and pastoralists to the information needs for promoting sustainable pastoralism and protection of rangelands.

Tags: socioeconomic Biodiversity Pastoralism Indigenous Peoples

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